Leningrad: Tragedy of a City under Siege, 1941-44 (Paperback)
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Leningrad: Tragedy of a City under Siege, 1941-44 (Paperback)

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Paperback 528 Pages / Published: 30/08/2012
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When Hitler attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941, he intended to capture Leningrad before turning on Moscow. Soviet resistance forced him to change tactics: with his forward troops only thirty kilometres from the city's historic centre, he decided instead to starve it out. Using newly available diaries and government records, Anna Reid describes a city's descent into hell - the breakdown of electricity and water supply; subzero temperatures; the consumption of pets, joiner's glue and face cream; the dead left unburied where they fell - but also the extraordinary endurance, bravery and self-sacrifice, despite the cruelty and indifference of the Kremlin.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781408822418
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 410 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm


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A masterpiece of modern historical writing. With a clear, unsentimental eye and in calm prose, she describes the horrors of the most lethal siege in modern history ... A terrible story, superbly researched and beautifully told * Anthony Beevor, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year *
Magisterial * Orlando Figes, Daily Telegraph Books of the Year *
An admirable retelling of the extraordinary story of the 1941-44 siege ... The author has assembled the testimony of many unfamiliar witnesses, and vividly portrays what some of us consider the most dreadful saga of the Second World War * Max Hastings, The Times Books of the Year *
Impeccably researched, well-paced and beautifully written, Leningrad marks a new benchmark in the study of the subject and a more nuanced, objective interpretation for a new century * Financial Times *
A moving and breathtaking examination of the terrible price extorted by unfettered political power on both sides -- Sally Moris * Daily Mail *

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“An outstanding book!”

Anna Reid's account of the Seige of Leningrad between 1941 and 1944 is a major contribution in understanding the consequences of Nazi Germany's decision to starve the inhabitants of Leningrad to death and to... More

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